Jobless Rate Unchanged in December

The state's unemployment rate was steady last month.

The Agency for Workforce Innovation reports that Florida's jobless rate remained at three-point-three percent in December, unchanged from November.

The December rate was also just over one percentage point lower than the national rate of four and a half percent.

Walton County in the Florida Panhandle reported the lowest unemployment rate at two percent while Madison County east of Tallahassee had the highest at seven percent.

Here’s the jobless numbers for other area counties for December: Bay (Panama City) 3.5%, Calhoun (Blountstown) 3.4%, Franklin (Apalachicola) 2.9%, Gulf (Port St. Joe) 3.4%, Holmes (Bonifay) 3.1%, Jackson (Marianna) 3.9%, Liberty (Bristol) 2.8%, Okaloosa (Ft. Walton Beach) 2.7%, Wakulla (Crawfordville) 2.2%, Walton (DeFuniak Springs 2.1% and Washington County (Chipley) 3.6%.

Job growth, however, was positive for the entire year in Florida with 212,600 new jobs. The almost three percent increase in new jobs nearly doubled the national average of 1.4 percent.